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Doctorate of Nursing

The Doctorate of Nursing programs offer MSN-prepared registered nurses interested in pursuing advanced leadership roles in nursing practice and research positions in academia as well as in the research departments of leading health institutions and hospitals. 

Upon successful completion of the DNP program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. integrate scientific underpinnings which support the translation of nursing research to improve nursing clinical practice;
  2. design and evaluate care delivery strategies to meet the needs of patient populations and positively influence health outcomes;
  3. apply clinical scholarship and leadership skills to advance nursing practice;
  4. utilize information systems/technology and patient care technology to improve and transform healthcare;
  5. develop, implement, and evaluate health care policy to advocate for patient populations; and
  6. engage in effective communication skills to lead and participate in interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the PhD program, it is expected that students will demonstrate:

  1. Competency in collaborating with scientists from other disciplines
  2. In-depth knowledge base in their research area of focus
  3. Development of research methods that are scientifically rigorous and innovative to the nursing field
  4. Completion of a dissertation that comprises a significant body of research published in top peer reviewed journals
  5. Proficient skills in grant writing and scientific publication

Upon successful completion of the DNP/PhD program, the graduate will provide leadership as a practice scientist by:

  1. contributing to the advancement of nursing science through generation and dissemination of knowledge that can be translated into effective management of complex health problems;
  2. developing and evaluating interventions to improve health outcomes of vulnerable populations;
  3. formulating and employing culturally competent practices as a response to health disparities and identified needs;
  4. influencing health policy decision making to promote health equities;
  5. promoting interprofessional collaboration in health related translational research and evidence-based practice.

*Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is no longer enrolling students into the DNP/PhD option. Please take time to review our Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-MSN option) by visiting the DNP program webpage or our new Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program by visiting our PhD program webpage.


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